Do you feel it’s about time you transitioned into tech but don’t know how to?
Everyone wants to study and develop abilities that will set them apart from the competition in the very competitive job market of today, and Tech is a vehicle for achieving this.
But first, we have to dispel the myth that practicing tech requires congenital analytical and technical abilities.
You don’t need to have a Sheldon Cooper-esque mind to have a successful tech career.
Another myth is that Tech is all about coding. You can easily be a graphics designer, a social media manager, an SEO or Facebook ads expert and still, practice technology.
Let’s take a look at the most in demand tech skills in 2023, along with an estimate of their remunerations.
Cybersecurity is the use of technology, processes, and controls to defend against cyber attacks on systems, networks, programs, devices, and data.
Because of the delicate nature of the job and the expanding economic demand for cybersecurity personnel, cybersecurity wage potential is so high.
According to Forbes, Cybersecurity professionals command an average salary of $102,600 per annum, rising to $180,000 depending on the industry.
2. WEB DEVELOPMENT
The job of a web developer is to build websites. Some web developers are in charge of the website’s performance and capacity; they’re known as backend developers, while front-end developers ensure it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate.
A web developer earns, on average, between $95,000 to $120,000 per year.
3. MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT
With brands now focused on improving customer access through smartphones, mobile app development is a highly in-demand skill.
Mobile App Developers are expected to be fluent in using Flutter, Swift, Kotlin, etc.
Mobile App Development is also not as overly saturated as Web Development. They earn as much as $110,000 to $120,000 on average.
4. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/MACHINE LEARNING
Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning professionals are in high demand, and this is because most organizations are now automating operations to reduce costs.
AI/Machine Learning professionals are expected to have a background in Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, and Probability.
In the United States, Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning professionals earn, on average, $110,000 to $150,000, while in Nigeria, the average salary ranges from N390,000 – N600,000 per month.
5. BLOCKCHAIN DEVELOPMENT
Blockchain is unarguably the fastest-growing technology in the world, and so is the demand for Blockchain developers.
Blockchain developers build, maintain, and improve blockchain-related applications such as smart contracts, DAPPs, architecture, and protocols.
On average, a blockchain developer could earn as much as $124,000 per year, depending on experience and portfolio.
You could make up to $5,000 monthly as a remote Blockchain developer working for foreign organizations in Nigeria.
6. CLOUD COMPUTING
The global cloud computing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, putting cloud engineers in high demand.
Cloud engineers develop and manage cloud computing infrastructure to enable users to store files and back up their data.
Cloud engineers can have specific roles in Cloud architecture, which deals with designing Cloud solutions for organizations, Cloud Development, coding for the cloud, and Cloud Administration, which is working with Cloud Networks.
Cloud Engineers earn between $110,000 – $120,000 on average. In Nigeria, they earn between N320,00 – N480,000.
7. DATA SCIENCE AND DATA ANALYTICS
Data Scientists help organizations by capturing data that can help predict the future based on past patterns, while Data Analysts play an important role by offering statistical analysis of data provided by the data scientists.
Excelling as a professional in this field requires knowledge of MySQL, Machine learning, Python, Java, etc.
According to GlassDoor, Data Scientists earn, on average, $102,632, while Data Analysts earn around $64,000 per annum.
In Nigeria, Data Scientists could earn up to N370,000/month on average, while Data Analysts earn between N200,000 – N300,000.
It is important to note that UI and UX design are distinct aspects of consumer experience.
The user experience (UX) deals with how a product operates and how people interact with it, while UI, or user interface, is concerned with the appearance and layout.
In some cases, they’re collectively referred to as Product Designers. Other sub-career options include UX writer, voice designer, and UX developer (UI/UX and Front End Web Development).
UI/UX designers earn on average $95,000 – $102,000 per annum.
In Nigeria, the average salary for UI/UX designers is in the range of N150,000 – N270,000 per month.
9. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION (SEO)
SEO Professionals study, create and optimize web content based on search trends to drive traffic to a website.
In a nutshell, they help websites rank higher on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
SEO is a very broad field that includes career options like SEO Writer, SEO Analyst, etc.
You could work as a freelancer or as part of an agency.
Brands pay hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly to SEO professionals and agencies to improve their search relevance as part of their marketing campaigns.
It is another unsaturated but lucrative aspect of Tech, especially in Nigeria.
10. IT SUPPORT
IT Support Professionals offer technical assistance, resolve issues, and monitor systems for bugs, security breaches, and bad performance.
They often provide round-the-clock support for companies, products, and systems.
Most IT support professionals are versed in multiple fields, including Cybersecurity, Web Development, and Software Engineering. They are also fluent in various programming languages.
It is not uncommon for organizations to have an in-house IT department and still retain the services of independent IT support agencies.
The average salary of IT support professionals varies according to their skill sets and duties. They could earn between $70,000 – $140,000 per annum.
In Nigeria, they could earn in the range of N150,000 – N300,000
It is important to note that before deciding on a tech skill to acquire, you should carry out in-depth research into what it entails and be ready to apply the commitment to see it through.
Pay is an important factor, but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor for picking up a skill.
Knowledge gets you through the door, but mastery helps you command the big bucks.